Is Your Dog’s Mouth Really Cleaner Than Yours?

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Have you ever wondered if your dog’s mouth is really cleaner than yours?

In the last issue of “The Bark,” I came across an article that caught my attention. I followed the link and found out that a 13-year-old named Abby conducted a scientific study about this age-old question. She details her hypothesis, research, project information and results, as well as her conclusion here.

Her research won her a spot in the 2011 Young Naturalist Awards, put on by the American Museum of Natural History.

For those of you who can’t wait to find out more, here is part of Abby’s conclusion;

“In conclusion, will I let my dog continue to lick me? The answer to the question is yes! I will feel guiltless about letting my dog lick me because I found out that human and dog oral bacteria are different, so my dog’s oral bacteria present no harm to me.”

I hope you find this study as interesting as I did. Great job, Abby!

Jodi G. Thomson was born and raised in Seattle WA, she and her husband relocated to Houston TX in 2010. She enjoys writing and spending time with her husband and their pets.

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